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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits out    Thu Aug 21, 10:25 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, due to an unspecified personal matter.

Footballguys view: Just a little rest for the most important piece on offense. It's not like AP needs the practice. He's still one of our top 5 prospects for fantasy this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't play this weekend    Thu Aug 14, 06:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the team's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 16. He played in one series in the team's third preseason game last year, but other than that, he hasn't had a carry in the preseason since 2011.

Footballguys view: It's not as if he needs the practice and they want him to be there in December more than they need him in August. Peterson is still considered a top fantasy running back, and should have a tremendous season.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson improving pass catching    Tue Aug 12, 01:02 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson appears to be improving his pass-catching skills. He dropped one pass in practice Monday, Aug. 11, but had some nice catches.

Footballguys view: No one should be surprised if Peterson sets a career high in receptions with Norv Turner, who usually feeds his RBs targets, at the helm of the offense. There's an argument for Peterson at #1 overall if you think he isn't wearing down as mortal back with his age and career workload would be at this point.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits    Sat Aug 9, 12:20 AM

As expected, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (rest) dressed for the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8, but he did not play. Peterson hasn't had a carry in the preseason since the 2011 campaign.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't play preseason opener    Tue Aug 5, 06:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the team's preseason opener, head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. There's no need for Peterson to get out there in the first preseason game.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson excited about offense    Mon Jul 28, 04:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to playing in the team's new offense because it is more versatile than the one the team had been using for the last several seasons. 'Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable,' Peterson said. 'I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile.'

Footballguys view: Norv Turner usually makes great use of his most talented players. Peterson fits the bill, and the QB play should also improve. It's not crazy to take Peterson #1 overall this year, but he did wear down last year and is getting to the point in his career where most mortal backs slow down.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson could sit out preseason    Mon Jul 28, 01:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson does not need to play in the preseason to show something to the coaching staff, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson could get a few carries during the preseason if Peterson asks to play.

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  NFL | Running backs compensation note    Wed Jul 23, 05:26 PM

Only Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will make more money than Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, among their positional peers, following Charles' two-year extension.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to catch more passes?    Thu Jul 17, 06:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will reportedly have some of his carries converted into catches as the team wants to use him more in space and alleviate his wear and tear.

Footballguys view: New offensive coordinator Norv Turner knows how to build a quality ground game and get the most out of his running backs. Everyone knows Peterson is a top-3 fantasy running back already, and catching more passes will just cement him near the top spot.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon impresses Adrian Peterson    Sat Jul 5, 10:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he was impressed by RB Jerick McKinnon. "He's pretty impressive and there's not too many guys who impress me like that, especially rookies coming in," Peterson said. "He's been able to do some real good things in the offense, picking it up well and just his running style."

Footballguys view: We're not over the moon about McKinnon's ability to convert from a quarterback to a running back, but if he's impressing Peterson then that's a good sign. The rookie is competing with Matt Asiata to be the primary backup behind Peterson this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson working on pass catching    Sat Jun 21, 12:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he has been working on his pass catching skills, because he likely will be asked to catch more passes in offensive coordinator Norv Turner's system. The team sees Peterson as an every-down running back, so he may have to pick up some blitzes on passing downs.

Footballguys view: Peterson can do anything he sets his mind to. The team lost backup Toby Gerhart in free agency to the Jaguars, and they don't really have a change-of-pace back behind Peterson. He's once again worthy of a top-5 selection in everyone's fantasy draft.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson plans to stick around    Thu Jun 19, 12:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has no plans to be done playing football by the time the team opens their new stadium in 2016. His current contract runs through the 2017 season, but he's the only running back in the league with a salary cap hit of more than $10 million this year, and the team could cut him without a cap penalty after next year.

Footballguys view: Peterson has been the one reliable point on the offense for some time, even including the now-departed Percy Harvin. While he makes a ton of money, he has been worth every penny and will continue to be. Perhaps they can talk to him about redoing his contract to keep him. It would benefit him and the Vikings both to stay together.

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  Eagles | Expect Jeremy Maclin to be ready    Sat Jun 7, 09:51 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles fully expect Jeremy Maclin (knee) to be ready to go for the start of the 2014 season, according to general manager Howie Roseman. 'I think it depends on the player. We saw Adrian Peterson come back after six months, and did he win the MVP award after that? So I think it depends on the genetics. And all I know is what our doctors are telling us, and he's doing a great job in his rehab. We fully expect him to be ready to go once the season starts.'

Footballguys view: Getting Maclin back will be huge for the Eagles offense. His speed and run-after-the-catch ability make him dangerous in the high-powered Chip Kelly system. The Eagles need playmakers at the wide receiver position after letting DeSean Jackson (Washington) go earlier this year.

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  Vikings | Looking to draft running back    Mon May 5, 08:29 AM

The Minnesota Vikings would like to draft a running back to help reduce the load on RB Adrian Peterson in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: They're not going to take the ball out of Peterson's hands. However, they could add a back to spell Peterson when he needs a breather. Toby Gerhart (Jacksonville Jaguars) left in free agency and the team has Matt Asiata as the primary backup behind Peterson at this time.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury update    Thu May 1, 02:59 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) said he is at about 80 percent right now and is spending time working on strength and balance.

Footballguys view: Peterson played last year while not 100% and still totaled 1200 yards, a 4.5 yards per carry average and 10 touchdowns. We expect him to be ready to go full speed by August or, at worst, opening week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson taking part in practice    Wed Apr 30, 12:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said RB Adrian Peterson (groin) was able to participate in the team's workout Tuesday, April 29.

Footballguys view: Peterson is a machine. The Vikings will monitor him closely so there is no aggravation of the injury.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson could see more pass plays    Sat Apr 12, 06:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be used more in passing plays this season with the departure of RB Toby Gerhart.

Footballguys view: More Peterson is nothing but a good thing. We'll see Peterson as the top draft pick in most fantasy drafts in 2014.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury update    Wed Apr 9, 03:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is close to full strength and plans on participating in offseason workouts when he does get back to full strength. There is no timetable for his return.

Footballguys view: Peterson doesn't follow timetables....timetables follow him. He's going to be 100 percent ready to go by the start of the regular season. Peterson will once again be a top fantasy pick.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata takes aim at No. 2 job    Mon Mar 24, 09:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is working to serve as the primary backup to RB Adrian Peterson now that RB Toby Gerhart (Jaguars) is gone. The team elected to keep the exclusive rights free agent, signing him to a one-year, $570,000 contract this month.

Footballguys view: General manager Rick Spielman said the team is looking for depth at running back, but the team hasn't displayed an urgency to address the spot the first two weeks of free agency.

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  Vikings | Two RBs to challenge for roster spot    Mon Mar 24, 09:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team is looking for depth at running back, but if they do not add any bodies, practice squad holdovers RBs Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle might get a chance to push for a roster spot behind RBs Adrian Peterson and Matt Asiata.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson lobbying for Michael Vick    Thu Mar 6, 10:30 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is lobbying for the team to sign free-agent QB Michael Vick (Eagles).

Footballguys view: Peterson may still be playing at a high level, but he knows the clock is ticking. He wants to win now and Ponder or a rookie won't cut it. Will Vick? Plenty of people are saying Johnny Manziel would be a fit there, so why not the more experienced Vick?

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  Vikings | Toby Gerhart likely to leave    Sun Mar 2, 02:21 AM

It is expected that Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart will leave via free agency rather than be signed by the squad. Gerhart is looking for a bigger role than just RB Adrian Peterson's backup.

Footballguys view: We're not surprised by this news. We'll see if Gerhart can go to a team that will give him a chance as a starter.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson doing great with recovery    Fri Feb 21, 04:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is doing great in his recovery from a groin injury and should be ready for the team's minicamp in April.

Footballguys view: Of course he is. Peterson is not human. Instead, he's a cybernetic machine who has come back from the future to dominate the NFL. His recovery from injuries is Wolverine-like.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson expected to catch more passes    Thu Feb 20, 01:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he expects RB Adrian Peterson to catch 50-60 passes out of the backfield in 2014.

Footballguys view: We'll see if that comes to fruition in 2014. Peterson is already going to be a top 5 (at worst) fantasy pick this upcoming season. He could stay on top of his game with a coordinator like Turner running the show.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson endorses Mike Zimmer    Fri Jan 31, 04:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson endorsed head coach Mike Zimmer as the team's new leader. 'I'm just looking forward to heading in the right direction. I feel like the organization did a great job of bringing in Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner,' Peterson said. 'I feel like we're putting the pieces in the right place so I'm just excited to see who all we bring in (to coach) other positions and to see which direction as far as bringing in players to help us accomplish our goal of winning a championship.'

Footballguys view: Having Peterson behind him is a good sign for Zimmer. He's a coach who has been beloved by his players at every stop he's made. It's no surprise that he would have the respect of one of the best running backs in the game today.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson recovering from surgery    Fri Jan 31, 04:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is recovering from groin surgery and already taking part in upper body workouts. 'I would probably be back working (out already if not for the surgery, but) not too much. It's not going to interfere,' Peterson said. 'I'm still able to do some of the upper body exercises and things like that, but kind of laying off the lower body workouts.'

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson on board with Norv Turner hiring    Tue Jan 28, 01:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is happy with the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and called him 'the perfect guy to lead us and get us on the right path.' The Vikings were ranked 23rd in the league in passing offense last year, and they were ranked 31st in the league in 2012. 'I'll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years,' Peterson told USA Today Sports. 'I think (Turner) is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path.'

Footballguys view: Peterson should be happy with Turner, the guy knows how to craft an offense built around a world-class running back. He's had great success with legends like Emmitt Smith (Cowboys) and LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers), but Turner struggled when working with Trent Richardson (Browns).

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be traded    Fri Jan 24, 05:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman once against suggested that the team won't trade RB Adrian Peterson under any circumstance. 'Adrian is not going anywhere,' Spielman said. 'We have him under contract. He's the face of our franchise. He is a blue-chip player. And we have a new coaching staff in place, and (the Vikings are) very excited about what's coming ahead for us.' Spielman expects Peterson to make a full recovery from his minor groin surgery this week.

Footballguys view: The Vikings know that Peterson is the centerpiece of the offense. Their quarterback situation is up in the air right now, but the offense will still flow through Peterson. Running backs are being devalued around the league, but Peterson could still command a high price if he was on the trading block.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has successful surgery    Thu Jan 23, 02:04 PM

The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday, Jan. 23, that RB Adrian Peterson (groin) underwent successful surgery to fix the adductor muscle in his groin. He's expected to make a full recovery in roughly six weeks.

Footballguys view: Knowing Adrian Peterson, he'll likely be ready before that recovery time. The Vikings know he's the centerpiece of the offense and won't rush him back until he's ready. Peterson should be good to go by the time offseason training activities and minicamp begin.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson update    Thu Jan 23, 09:50 AM

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) will have a four-to-six-week recovery period from his groin surgery.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson having surgery    Thu Jan 23, 08:27 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) will have surgery Thursday, Jan. 23.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to have surgery    Wed Jan 22, 08:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) needs and has opted for surgery on his groin in the near future. He visited with a doctor in Philadelphia Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Footballguys view: Peterson is going to be ready for the start of training camp. The team may decide to keep him limited during the offseason program. If healthy, Peterson should start performing like we're used to after an injury-filled 2013.

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  Packers | Eddie Lacy added to Pro Bowl    Wed Jan 15, 12:26 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been added to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster, replacing RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin), who will be unable to play due to injury. Lacy set franchise rookie records for rushing yards (1,178), rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing attempts (284) and tied the team's rookie record for 100-yard rushing games with four.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson on All-Pro team    Sat Jan 4, 12:50 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was named second-team All-Pro Friday, Jan. 3. WR Cordarrelle Patterson also was named All-Pro as a kick returner.

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  Vikings | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 29, 11:31 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, QB Josh Freeman, DL Letroy Guion, OT Mike Remmers, WR Rodney Smith, RB Toby Gerhart, CB Xavier Rhodes inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Peterson has been playing hurt for most of the season due to any number of injuries. He didn't quite deliver for teams that took him #1 overall, but he was far from the worst pick in the first round of fantasy drafts this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson out    Sat Dec 28, 04:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) has been downgraded to out for Week 17.

Footballguys view: With Toby Gerhart also out this means it's back to to Matt Asiata as the starter.

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  Vikings | One named to Pro Bowl    Fri Dec 27, 11:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was named to the Pro Bowl roster announced Friday, Dec. 27.

Footballguys view: Of course he was.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson bothered by groin    Fri Dec 27, 03:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) said his groin is still bothering him more than his sprained right foot. 'If he could play, just like last week, he'd be out there,' head coach Leslie Frazier said. 'If we felt like he was ready to go, he'd be out there.'

Footballguys view: This is a meaningless game for the Vikings, and there's no need to risk Peterson to further injury. Frazier said Peterson won't be able to talk his way into the lineup in Week 17 unless something dramatically changes.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson doubtful    Fri Dec 27, 02:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) is listed as doubtful for the team's Week 17 game.

Footballguys view: Toby Gerhart is banged up too. This makes Matt Asiata the likely starter for the Vikings in Week 17.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson limited    Thu Dec 26, 06:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

Footballguys view: We may not see Peterson at all Sunday given how little the game matters. However, the Vikings have been playing for pride - effectively - and Peterson doesn't lay down for anyone, so he may yet play. If he does, we'll expect high-end RB2 numbers or shaky RB1.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits out    Wed Dec 25, 09:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) did not take part in the practice session Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Peterson thinks he'll give it a go this week, but there's no guarantee he'll play in Week 17.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson will try to play     Wed Dec 25, 01:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) said he is not feeling as healthy as he would like but hopes to be able to play Week 17.

Footballguys view: Peterson is the ultimate competitor. He's going to try, but the team needs to be cautious to risk further injury.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not practicing    Tue Dec 24, 02:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: There's no clarity on his playing status for Week 17. The Vikings aren't going anywhere this year, so there's no need to risk further injury to Peterson if he's not fully healthy in Week 17.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's status uncertain    Mon Dec 23, 07:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team will monitor RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) during practice this week to determine if he will be able to play Week 17.

Footballguys view: With nothing to play for, there's no need to play Peterson if he's not fully healthy. His long-term health is more important than a meaningless game at the end of the season.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson pulled early    Mon Dec 23, 09:52 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) was pulled from the game early in the second half of Week 16. 'We got down early, and he pulled me out,' Peterson said. 'I didn't like it, but when you think about it, being down 28 points, is the risk really worth it? I just accepted it for what it was.'

Footballguys view: Peterson is the ultimate competitor, he's just not the same dealing with this foot injury. Fantasy owners who left him on the bench in Week 16 were probably rewarded with a better call.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson expected to play    Sun Dec 22, 09:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) is expected to play in the team's Week 16 game. Peterson has told people he is playing on his foot injury.

Footballguys view: Start him if you've got him. After everything Peterson has done in his career, he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson questionable    Fri Dec 20, 03:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) returned to practice in a limited fashion Friday, Dec. 20, but is questionable for Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals. 'Based on what we saw (Wednesday), we should be fine. Unless something comes up that I don't foresee, he should be ready to go,' head coach Leslie Frazier said. Peterson said he is regaining strength in his foot and he feels better. Frazier is optimistic that RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will play, too.

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   Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants coach back    Fri Dec 20, 02:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson gave head coach Leslie Frazier a vote of confidence. Peterson said he looks forward 'to finishing my career here with Coach Frazier.'

Footballguys view: Peterson is much better at running the football than he is at evaluating head coaches.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson held out    Thu Dec 19, 06:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) was held out of practice Thursday, Dec. 19, to get treatment on his foot, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. 'Based on what we saw (Wednesday), we should be fine. Unless something comes up that I don't foresee, he should be ready to go,' Frazier said.

Footballguys view: If Peterson plays, he should be good for low-end RB1 numbers. There's no way you can keep him out of the lineup.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson limited    Wed Dec 18, 06:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Footballguys view: Chances are we'll see Peterson back on the field this week. Fantasy owners who made it to their championship games need to start Peterson if he plays.

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